I found a Bloggers Quilt Festival by reading Susan’s blog at DesertSky Quilting. She always knows where the good stuff is.
This contest is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. It is a great place to see a lot of beautiful projects. There are prizes just for entering. No pressure. Prizes are randomly drawn based on entries.
My entry is My “Oma’s Treasure”. I love this Wall Hanging because it means a lot to me. Brings back a lot of memories of My Oma and my Mom, who I miss. At 53 I still want my Mom sometimes. This is also something I dreamed up, so I can claim it for my own design, even though ti is a little Loud. I had a lot of great advice from my Blog friends on things to do, which I greatly appreciate.
My Oma has been gone since I was a teen-ager. The embroidery in the middle is from a kit she sent me from Germany. I found it is a box of stuff I was going through and decided to turn it into something Quilty. As a teen. I was not to bad at embroidery.
I hope you all enter the Bloggers Quilt Festival.
I actually really like this piece. I had lots of advice from people on what to do and I thank all of you for your help. I so very often finish pieces and am unimpressed. This is already hanging in my dining room by all the other beautiful thinks that once belonged to Oma, Mom and now me.
Despite the fact that my Oma could not speak English, she always knew what to send me that would make me happy. Something to make or do. I believe the center embroidered piece is around 40 years old. Surprisingly, I did not do such a bad job as a kid.
The embroidered piece is made from linen, so I did add some interfacing to the back to add a bit of stability. I also sewed glass beads in the centers of some flowers to keep the batting from shifting. I went totally outside my box and did quilting outside my comfort zone and I am totally happy with it. How crazy is that? So, now, when I sit down to dinner, I can imagine Oma smiling down at me. Getting sentimental, I should stop now.
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I am always very envious of people that come up with their own designs. While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me. I want it all to be me. Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.
I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books. I am sure we all do. Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad. But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.
So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just the embroidery). As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work. No one else will have anything like it. The only part I did not design was the embroidery. It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen. But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice). So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs? Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece. But, that is what happened.
Well, maybe I can. I will start with something small. Maybe I do it more than I realize. Not really sure. So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces. So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.
I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like. Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it. I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise. So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?” Then I went to my scraps for the leaves. I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps. Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.
I no longer hate the homespun. Funny how that works. Still need to finish it, which I will. Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that. Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice. Thanks!
Trying to decide if it is too obnoxious or loud. My goal was not to take away from the embroidery. I am not sure that I did that here. I don’t mind the happy colors, but when you look at it’s like a slap in the face of color. I still have a couple things in mind to do. One more one inch green around the outside, I think. I plan to quilt the outside, but I am not sure how yet. For where the embroidery is, since it is a such a long piece, I think I will sew tiny glass beads in the centers of some of the flowers to ensure the batting does not shift. Of course, my binding is a bit crazy. I have a striped piece of fabric (green/orange/pick/yellow) to add to the craziness of this piece. Feel free to give me your opinion on my color choices and any suggestions on quilting (kinda stumped with that). You will not offend me if you think it is awful. I asked for it. LOL.
On a positive note, some good news, my older daughter, who was in a horrific head on collision nearly a year ago, has moved out. I would say she is 90% of her old self, which is pretty good considering what I saw the first night in the ICU. While it was a challenging six months after the accident. The outcome was far better than I anticipated.
In July, the quilt guild is having a garage sale for quilting fabric/items. I was going through some boxes looking for things I could part with (more like make room for more) and came across this embroidered item.
Right away it brought tears to my eyes. I made this from a kit that Oma sent me from Germany. She knew I was crafty and often sent me something she knew I would like to do. She also sent me a piece of silverware for my collection. I so remember looking at that silver fork and looking at my mother wondering why I always got silverware from her on my birthday and at the holidays (along with the crafty items). My mother would always tell me that I will appreciate it later. While I hated getting utensils as a present when I was a kid, Mom was right. I certainly do appreciate it now. I have an entire set of silver for 12. It is something I truly cherish. Every holiday I think of her and my mother when I get it out.
Since Oma died when I was in my late teens, I imagine this piece is pretty old. Maybe 40 years or close to it. Once I ironed it, it was perfect. Originally I think it was made to hang on your front door. I may still do that, but not until I add something quilty. I am thinking it needs to be colorful, hot pinks, oranges, lime greens. Not sure of design yet, but I may keep it simple so not to take away from the embroidery and Oma’s memory.
Tomorrow I am going to a quilt in. Yeah. Can’t wait to spend the day with my friend Lynn doing what we love.
Treasure Your Family
I am that person that has to be doing something at all times. If I sit down to watch the news or something else on TV, my hands must be occupied. If not, I will be eating something (which I certainly do not need to do) or I might fall asleep.
I have done some piecing by hands, but I find that it winds up being a lot of the same thing, so I find embroidery keeps my attention a little better. Since, I really like to quilt, I have to find ways to incorporate my embroidery into quilts.
Currently, I have this Halloween picture that I need to do something with. If I remember correctly, this was a picture from a coloring book (maybe. Honestly, I am not sure). I do remember that it took a fair amount of time to do this picture.
The problem I have is that now I am not sure what to do with it. I am a practical person by nature, so I do like things that I can use. So, maybe a Table Topper? The only issue is that it a picture that can only really be seen from one direction, and it would end up getting washed a lot (not sure if that matters or not). I already have one for hanging on the door, so I don’t really need another wall hanging…. It is also about 16″ x 18″ which is fairly large.
So, I am looking for ideas, if anyone has one. I have all my Halloween fabric out and am just staring at it with that blank look. Thanks.
I found that quilting this piece was easier than others. I think it is because it is small and it made doing things other than meandering easier. While I feel slightly better about my quilting, I am pretty sure as soon as I go to bigger piece I will have the same issues.
I also like Halloween. I have another embroidered Halloween piece that I need to turn into something. I can’t just sit in front of the TV. My hands must always be occupied. So, I wind up embroidering something that I can put in my quilts.
I know, practice, practice, practice the quilting.
I want to get to a point where I can do the quilting with ease……